I finished the two socks! And in good time to be someones Christmas present.
My partner, who’s seen me huff, puff and sigh over these, as well as starting them over , over and over again, said “They’re really nice, but I don’t really see the point”. (Understood, the point of putting this much effort into something you can buy quite cheaply at the supermarket).
I had no answer. But making them has made me think of all the love innumeral grandmothers have poured into items of this kind. Only to be greeted with a slight sigh, oh thanks Gramma
I’ll admit it, instructions bore me. I see myself as a person who carefully reads instructions and follows them promptly, but either I’ve changed or I’ve lied to myself my whole life, because that clearly isn’t true.
So I decided I should knit some socks, continuing with my Christmas presents. How hard can it be? Right?
I had the needles, I had the yarn and started.
My first realization was that it was really difficult to start with 4 needles. My second realization was that I’d forgotten how to start a knitting and was doing it wrong. My third realization was that you need 5 needles, not 4. My fourth realization was that, no, you can’t use a regular needle as the fifth one because it has a stop in one end and you need to knit from both ends. My fifth realization was that the multicolored yarn I was using made it a lot more difficult to see what I was doing.
At one point my partner commented “Wow, you’re working so fast, I only see you starting nesw ones, never finishing them”. Eh, well…It’s actually because I rip up what I’ve done and start over and over again.
I’ve now come to the point where a few centimeters of the ankle of my first sock are looking ok. I will report back when I reach the heel.
So I thought I’d try to start in time this year. I found this multicolored yarn and immediately thought of my eldest son. He loves mint green and lilac. I’ve crocheted a cap, mostly on freehand, although I checked a few patterns to see how they’d made the brim.
The yarn is Järbo Raggi (I think- can’t find the tag) and it’s mostly wool. I especially like that the coloring is uneven, so that there’s stripes blended into the multicolored parts.
For some reason I’ve had the idea that embroidering from a pattern is boring and unsatisfying. As it happens, I ‘d ran out of ideas and wanted something easy to do, so I thought I’d try this cute vintage pattern I’d found in a thrift shop, and bought mainly for the yarn.
Was I wrong! It’s really challenging, maninly because it’s so hard to keep track of the threads in the fabric, I keep making mistakes and taking up stitches. And it’s SLOW.
All my respect to those of you who do this a lot!
Have no idea how long this will take to finish.
Composition: Greta Hammarquist
After opening up and fixing a number of sewing machines, I’ve learned that a very common “fault” is that the spool pin is broken, or not even broken, it’s just come loose. This machine, found in a garbage room, was no exemption. And also the lamp was missing.
I had to open it completely, and really, plastic is not my favorite material. With older vintage machines there’s screws holding metal in place- this one had hooks holding the plastic shell together. However, once I’ve begun, I just can’t stop, and behold:
The naked machinemade me think of Robocop . Mighty as he may be, the next picture showsis the very tiny plastic part that made him useless.
So now I’m sitting on two functioning machines.
(And two with parts missing)
I was experimenting with crochet techniques, but how to use them? Maybe a collar, then all I’ll have to do is make a sweater to put them on.